In addition, HAWA along with other WI Hmong women gender justice advocates have worked diligently to create gender-based violence terminology specific to the Hmong community. The outcome of the collaborative work has created terminology and collective analysis that have been used nationally and internationally to appropriately serve Hmong survivors of gender-based violence and implement community education around the issues.
Hmong women and other community women organized for a space to support Hmong women with services
HAWA was formed as an official non-profit; Paj Ntaub Circle was the first program HAWA provided
Body of work has incorporated leadership development programs, cultural enrichment programs for Hmong women and girls
HAWA began providing domestic violence services
HAWA becomes FIRST Hmong, culturally-specific program to receive SA grant in the state of WI
HAWA is the FIRST culturally-specific program in Milwaukee to provide support services for Southeast Asian Queer and Trans folks
HAWA begins their civic engagement & community organizing work
HAWA purchases a permanent building to continue its advocacy and organizing work
HAWA expands their community resource center, opening up a community classroom, computer lab and volunteer lounge
The Hmong American Women’s Association is a grassroots, culturally-specific, community-based, social justice organization serving the Southeast Asian (primarily individuals who identify as women/youth/girls and LGBTQ) community in Milwaukee County. We focus on supporting survivors of intimate-partner and family violence through advocacy, education, and awareness.
3030 W. Highland Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53208